No flat racing in Britain on Sunday as the jumpers return after a four-day mini-break.
I remember thinking GLENDRUID had the race in the bag on the second circuit at Newton Abbot on his chase debut over rules, but he fell in a hole from the top of the home straight on his first start for over 300 days. He is entitled to come on for the run, has been dropped 1lb in the weights and the hope is that this winning pointer can go one better this afternoon.
His hurdles win came at Bangor-on-Dee last summer on a left-handed track, but he did show a tendency to jump slightly out to his right last time. The hope is that he jumps gun barrel straight later today.
Course & distance winner Fiston Du Mou has been put in as market leader for the 3m handicap chase at Perth this afternoon, but I hope to see CASTLETOWN (NAP) gain a second course win for Lucinda Russell.
I’m not convinced it was Derek Fox’s finest hour when the selection finished third here last month, given the selection looked to be travelling best four out but never got competitive running on at just the one pace. The grey does have quite a high head carriage, but I do feel he remains capable of winning from his current mark.
I hope it’s a good day for Lucinda Russell as she saddles MAIFALKI in the last, a handicap hurdle for conditional jockeys.
The selection finished second to Gordon Elliot’s Copperwell over C&D last time and the winner has subsequently finished runner up back here from a mark of 114. With that in mind I do feel the lightly-raced 9-y-old looks fairly treated from a mark of 103 with the yard’s conditional Patrick Wadge taking off a further 10lbs.
A dual winner on the flat the selection would want a decent gallop to follow – can be keen – and the hope is that the Donald McCain-trained Copper Fox takes the along at a decent clip although that is not guaranteed.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.